Area: Outer London

'Do you enjoy getting out and about, meeting new people and improving your health and fitness?
Our friendly walking groups meet regularly to discover great walking routes within Newham and further afield. You can either join our relatively easy led walks, or be more adventurous with our ramblers.'

Category Newham
Starting fromAround and About
Description from

Newham Council

Visits to the Website1182
Views of 'Full' Record1488

'An 80 hectare, Green Flag Award and Green Heritage winning landscaped park in the Borough of Haringey in north London. It was declared a Local Nature Reserve in 2013, and is also a Site of Borough Importance for Nature Conservation, Grade 1.'

Category Haringey
Starting fromAlexandra Park
Description from

Friends of Alexandra Park and Wikipedia

Visits to the Website664
Views of 'Full' Record1292

Programme of short and longer walks.

Category Barnet
Navigate the Website>>> A-Z Group Listing >>> Walks ...
Starting fromAround and About
Visits to the Website1527
Views of 'Full' Record1749

'Started in April 2001, Beckenham U3A has over 300 members at present, and we are still growing. We are completely self-governing, but are affiliated to the Third Age Trust, a Charity that looks after the interests of all the local U3As in this country.'

Category Bromley
Starting fromBeckenham
Visits to the Website763
Views of 'Full' Record2319

Bentley Prior Nature Reserve 'is open all year round and welcomes all visitors, human and wild. All types of visitors will find something to interest them here ...'

Category Harrow
Starting fromBentley Prior Nature Reserve
Visits to the Website1033
Views of 'Full' Record1497

'In 2015 U3A BROMLEY celebrated its 25th anniversary ... Bromley has more than 1700 members and many different study groups ... Each local U3A is autonomous. Bromley arranges its own programme of study and recreational courses, visits, talks, travel, at home and abroad, social events and other activities.'

Category Bromley
Navigate the Website>>> Open Groups
Starting fromAround and About
Visits to the Website678
Views of 'Full' Record1317

'The gardens at Chiswick House have been loved for centuries. With their combination of grand vistas and hidden pathways, architectural delights and a dazzling array of flowers, shrubs and specimen trees, they create a unique oasis in this corner of London ...'

Starting fromChiswick House & Gardens
Walks described here by
Visits to the Website255
Views of 'Full' Record601

'A 200 acre site full of natural beauty. With more than 3500 trees, 32 acres of memorial landscaped gardens, a woodland area, water features, ponds, and a nature area the cemetery is home to a wide variety of birds, insects and animals. After passing through the striking gated entrance the stunning landscaped and beautifully maintained cemetery unfolds before you. All of our roadways and pathways are easily accessible and make for a very pleasant stroll through an oasis in the heart of East London.'

Category Newham
Size (acreage)200
Starting fromCity of London Cemetery and Crematorium
Walks described here by
Visits to the Website637
Views of 'Full' Record1385

'Walking is by far the most popular countryside recreation, and is well catered for in the Colne Valley. Facilities range from short circular walks on surfaced paths to leaflets detailing much longer countryside rambles.'

Category Hillingdon
Starting fromColne Valley Regional Park
Visits to the Website1083
Views of 'Full' Record1892

'A small oasis within an industrialised urban environment, providing a unique opportunity to escape city life and enjoy one of the last remaining areas of grazing marsh within the Greater London area ... The nature reserve is accessed via a number of public footpaths from Eastern Way (A2016), Norman Road and Belvedere Road, as well as the Thames Pathway which runs north across the Reserve.' ALERT Website Links changed.

Category Nature Reserves
Starting fromCrossness Nature Reserve
Description from

Thames Water

Visits to the Website583
Views of 'Full' Record1562

Aims are 'to get people out into the surrounding countryside, to visit places of interest and to meet up with like-minded people. It is not just a Club for those who want to walk, but also caters for those who wish to visit some of the many interesting places there are in and around the area, including London and further afield'.

Category Croydon
Visits to the Website768
Views of 'Full' Record2903

'Walking and cycling form the core of the outdoor programme, although Club Members often organise other exciting one day, weekend or full week holidays, involving activities like caving, canoeing, climbing, skiing and windsurfing. We attempt to put something back into the community by arranging conservation projects, a "wheelchair ramble" and support for the charity "Shelterbox".'

Starting fromAround and About
Visits to the Website882
Views of 'Full' Record1214

'Croydon Ramblers was founded in 1950, the first of Ramblers' local groups, and we are also one of the largest local groups in Surrey. Our main activity is our extensive walking programme of about thirty walks a month. We have walks on most days of the week and sometimes there is a choice to cater for Ramblers' abilities and experience.'

Category Croydon
Starting fromAround and About
Visits to the Website489
Views of 'Full' Record1216

'We currently have over 650 members, more than 65 interest groups ... and a lively outings programme.'

Category Croydon
Starting fromAround and About
Visits to the Website661
Views of 'Full' Record1300

'We are a friendly outdoor group based in West London. Our main outdoor activity is walking although we do occassionally do other activities such as cycling and pony-trekking.'

Category Ealing
Starting fromAround and About
Visits to the Website917
Views of 'Full' Record2614

'A co-operative of older people sharing educational, creative and leisure activities. The motives for joining are a desire to improve and share your knowledge and experience, to keep your mind active, to enjoy leisure pursuits and to socialize with like-minded people. No qualifications are needed and none is given. You share learning and leisure experiences across a wide range of activities through a network of self-managed groups.'

Category Ealing
Starting fromAround and About
Visits to the Website784
Views of 'Full' Record2925

'Accessible pathways for all to enjoy a walk through the country park year round as well as a network of natural routes allowing you to get closer to the wildlife.'

Category Redbridge
Starting fromFairlop Waters, Barkingside
Visits to the Website1010
Views of 'Full' Record2341

Fryent Country Park 'is 103 hectares of traditional countryside. This vast woodland is surrounded by suburbia, and bisected through the middle by Fryent Way. It is a beautiful open space, perfect for long, country walks. It hosts a number of delightful walking trails for all generations to enjoy, and take in the magnificent scenery. Take the kids to collect bark, play in the trees and feed the ponies'.

Category Brent
Starting fromFryent Country Park
Description from

Families

See also

Fryent Country Park (including Barn Hill Open Space) [London Parks & Gardens Trust]

Visits to the Website1012
Views of 'Full' Record2026

'Welcome to North-West London's best and most active outdoor group. HAWOG is one of the oldest Youth Hostelling Association (YHA) and outdoor groups in the country with a history dating back to 1936 ...'

Category Brent
Starting fromWembley (and Harrow)
Visits to the Website747
Views of 'Full' Record2111

Country Walks Group  'The walks are between 6 to 8 miles in the lovely countryside within easy reach of Harrow, or occasionally in London, using public transport to get to the start and to return home. Lunch is in a pub or café. Walks take place monthly on a Thursday.'

Category Harrow
Starting fromAround and About
Visits to the Website851
Views of 'Full' Record1297

'A friendly group of people who enjoy walking and, some say, talking. We are based in the Romford, Hornchurch, Upminster Harold wood, Rainham areas as well as Barking and Dagenham and East London.'

Category Ramblers Groups
Starting fromAround and About
Visits to the Website757
Views of 'Full' Record2174

'Highgate Cemetery has some of the finest funerary architecture in the country. It is a place of peace and contemplation where a romantic profusion of trees, memorials and wildlife flourish ... Open daily except Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Different opening arrangements apply to the East and West ...'

Category Haringey
Size (acreage)37
Starting fromHighgate Cemetery
Visits to the Website622
Views of 'Full' Record1145

'Highgate Wood is 28 hectares of ancient woodland. It is a haven for wildlife and provides numerous easily accessible and scenic woodland trails.'

Category Haringey
Size (acreage)70
Starting fromHighgate
Walks described here by
Visits to the Website646
Views of 'Full' Record1104

'This Cemetery is important for the British Reform community in particular, as many of the founders of the movement in this country, who were often refugees from Germany, are interred in the cemetery and includes many well-known and loved figures. Additionally a number of other famous Jewish personalities and celebrities are interred in the cemetery as well.'

Category Barnet
Navigate the Website>>> Download the Trail [PDF]
Size (acreage)17
Starting fromHoop Lane Cemetery
Visits to the Website561
Views of 'Full' Record1248

'Hounslow U3A was founded in 1991 and currently has about 110 members. We are a friendly, welcoming group. We hold general meetings twice a month, except in August and currently have 21 interest groups.'

Category Hounslow
Starting fromAround and About
Visits to the Website617
Views of 'Full' Record1825

'An internationally important wetland nature reserve in West London.'  The Friends of Kempton membership scheme 'enables members to access the reserve's wildlife protected area. This protected area has two bird hides, a wader scrapes, islands, and a boardwalk providing ideal wildlife watching opportunities'.

Category Hounslow
Starting fromKempton Park
Description from

Thames Water

Visits to the Website558
Views of 'Full' Record1347

'Kenley Common is a 56 hectare (139 acre) public open space located in the London Borough of Croydon. It forms part of a larger area of open countryside, within the London Green belt, that links London with the wider countryside of Surrey.'

Category Croydon
Size (acreage)139
Starting fromKenley Common
Walks described here by
Visits to the Website753
Views of 'Full' Record2372

'Inspired by the cemetery of Pere-Lachaises in Paris and founded in 1833 by the Barrister George Frederick Carden. Kensal Green Cemetery comprises 72 acres of beautiful grounds including two conservation areas and adjoining a canal. The Cemetery is home to 33 species of bird and other wildlife.'

The Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery 'offer a two-hour introductory tour of the cemetery every Sunday from the beginning of March to the end of October, and the first and third Sunday only in November, December, January and February'.

Category Brent
Size (acreage)72
Starting fromKensal Green Cemetery
Description from

General Cemetery Company

Visits to the Website1193
Views of 'Full' Record1282

Relatively new U3A - founded March 2014 - listing one 'Walking' Group: Rambling Monthly on the 3rd Sunday.

Category Brent
Starting fromKenton
Visits to the Website538
Views of 'Full' Record1678

PDF Documents to download from the Website including Walking routes around the Borough and Maps of the Borough's green spaces.

Starting fromAround and About
Visits to the Website488
Views of 'Full' Record1067

'Kingston Ramblers lead walks in Surrey and the surrounding counties. The rambles take place on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays. The walks are for a range of abilities and vary from 5 to 12+ miles. Saturday and Wednesday walks are by public transport. Sunday walks are by car sharing from Surbiton Clock Tower (SCT). Sunday walks tend to be longer and the pace is sometimes faster.'

Starting fromAround and About
Visits to the Website1007
Views of 'Full' Record1403

'Come and join us for a stroll in the Lee Valley Regional Park - London's biggest open space, with country parks, nature reserves, urban green spaces and heritage sites, or enjoy one of our walks through the ancient woodlands of Epping Forest, with its old commons, heaths and 150 ponds and lakes (you could be with us when we find the "lost pond" !) ...'

Category Outer London
Visits to the Website531
Views of 'Full' Record1225

'Discover and explore the hidden green treasures of Barking and Dagenham in a variety of peaceful parks and nature reserves.'

Visits to the Website752
Views of 'Full' Record1254

Access to PDFs of six Heritage Walks: Gidea Park; Harold Hill; Havering-atte-Bower; Hornchurch; Rainham; Romford.

Category Havering
Starting fromAround and About
Visits to the Website846
Views of 'Full' Record1302

'There are many great walks in the Borough including the Hillingdon Trail, nature walks and healthy guided walks.'

Category Hillingdon
Starting fromAround and About
Visits to the Website641
Views of 'Full' Record1416

'London Wetland Centre is an idyllic spot to escape the hustle and bustle of the City for a walk or to indulge in an afternoon of bird watching from one of our six hides. The reserve is easily accessible with pathways and bridges among the pools, meadows and gardens ...'

Starting fromBarnes
Visits to the Website476
Views of 'Full' Record979

'We have declared a number of sites in Merton as local nature reserves (LNRs). We work with English Nature to select sites, and tend to focus on land recognised as being of importance for nature conservation interest, with open access for the public and either existing or potential value for environmental education.'

Category Merton
Starting fromAround and About
Description from

Merton Council

See also

Nature Reserves in Merton [Snipview]

Visits to the Website433
Views of 'Full' Record1076

'The London Borough of Merton includes Wimbledon, Mitcham, Morden, Colliers Wood and Raynes Park.'

Category Merton
Starting fromAround and About
Visits to the Website754
Views of 'Full' Record1244

Four 'Suggested Walks' around the Common. Within the Map 'click on the place names to find out more about each area'.

Category Merton
Starting fromMitcham Common
Description from

Mitcham Common Conservators

Visits to the Website659
Views of 'Full' Record2384

'Rain or shine the Park always looks inviting and magical especially if you can get here early in the morning before everyone else does. Explore the park to discover the many views of the old buildings that were part of the Hatfeild family's country estate. Many of the buildings are not open to the public as they are tenanted to raise valuable income for the park.'

Category Merton
Navigate the Website>>> Discover the Park with this Trail
Starting fromMorden Hall Park
Walks described here by
Visits to the Website569
Views of 'Full' Record1059

'Our aim is to provide members the opportunity to experience the joys of hill walking in the beautiful British Countryside over a weekend at least once a month. In addition, we also try to do at least one nearby day walk once a month on either Saturday or Sunday.'

Starting fromAround and About
Visits to the Website716
Views of 'Full' Record1207

'Most of our members live in Enfield, Barnet or Potters Bar. Living near the edge of London, we generally drive out to Hertfordshire or the Chilterns for our walks ...'

Category Enfield
Starting fromAround and About
Visits to the Website714
Views of 'Full' Record1516

'Barnet YHA Group (also known as North London Outdoor Group) is a Local YHA Group, currently with 70 members in the age range 30s to 50s and above, living in North London and Hertfordshire.'

Category Barnet
Starting fromAround and About
Visits to the Website728
Views of 'Full' Record1246

'We organise varied rambles and interest visits around London and the Home Counties each Saturday, and sometimes mid-week, always using public transport. Our walks are from 6 up to 15+ miles long. Enjoy the countryside, get some exercise, and unwind. We're a friendly group, all ages welcome, but the core ranges from 30 to 60+.'

Category Outer London
Visits to the Website456
Views of 'Full' Record861

'We are a medium-sized U3A with nearly 700 members. We cover an area of North London including Archway, Highgate, Hornsey, Crouch End, Muswell Hill, Finchley, Friern Barnet and surrounding areas.'

Category Haringey
Starting fromAround and About
Visits to the Website514
Views of 'Full' Record1412

'We are a friendly informal walking group based in North West London running walks within London and the nearby countryside and have been established for over 75 years. The walks take place on Sundays and Thursdays each week. Other activities include pub lunches and visits to places of interest.'

Category Outer London
Visits to the Website506
Views of 'Full' Record1186

'The Inaugural meeting was held on July 6th 2011. We already have over 400 members and over 40 groups getting started on all sorts of topics, ranging from Theatre, Walking and Bridge to Greek, Architecture and Indian Music. Something for everyone!'

Category Hillingdon
Starting fromNorthwood
Visits to the Website678
Views of 'Full' Record2326

'Oaks Park is a mixture of landscapes, including formal horticulture, natural chalk meadows, woodlands and informal parkland. It is much loved by both dog and recreational walkers. There are a number of interesting walks based in Oaks Park and pass through it.'

Starting fromOaks Park
Visits to the Website623
Views of 'Full' Record1337

'We are a friendly, welcoming North West London based walking group that meets every Thursday for six to eight mile walks, starting at tube or main line stations around London and the South East ... On average ten to twelve people walk each week, and on most walks we usually find time for refreshments at a cafe or pub along the way to supplement our packed lunches.'

Category Outer London
Visits to the Website569
Views of 'Full' Record1226

'Orpington U3A is one of over 800 independent U3As in the UK with a total membership of nearly 300,000 ... Anyone no longer in full time employment living in or near Orpington is able to join. We currently have over 1100 members and the subscription is still only £10 per annum.'

Category Bromley
Starting fromOrpington
Visits to the Website525
Views of 'Full' Record1722

'A short hop from central London by tube but a world apart. Stroll up the tree-lined drive, past the grazing Charolais cattle and you'd think you're in the country, not urban Hounslow. Surrounded by gardens, park and farmland, Osterley is one of the last surviving country estates in London.'

Category Hounslow
Starting fromOsterley Park and House
Walks described here by
Visits to the Website607
Views of 'Full' Record1202

'Paddington Cemetery is designed in a near-symmetrical grid-pattern about a north-west/south-east axis. The path layout forms a horseshoe shape, open to the south-east, with three semicircular drives to the north-west of the chapels, and to the south-east straight paths leading to the south-east boundary ...'

Category Cemeteries
Size (acreage)25
Starting fromPaddington Old Cemetery
Description from

National Heritage List for England [Historic England]

See also

Paddington Old Cemetery [Brent Council] | Paddington Old Cemetery [London Cemeteries]

Visits to the Website599
Views of 'Full' Record1179

'Palmers Green & Southgate U3A was launched in February 2014 with an Open Meeting in the Intimate Theatre, Palmers Green which was attended by 230 people. The Mayor of Enfield formally opened our new U3A at the Inaugural Meeting in April 2014.'

Category Enfield
Starting fromPalmers Green and Southgate
Visits to the Website528
Views of 'Full' Record1248

'Queen's Park is a fine example of a well-loved and hugely popular city park. The overall aim of the City of London is to provide well looked-after surroundings and facilities to meet the needs of the park's many visitors, remaining true to the vision of its Victorian founders.'

Category Brent
Size (acreage)30
Starting fromQueen's Park
Walks described here by
See also

Park Finder [London Borough of Brent]

Visits to the Website628
Views of 'Full' Record987

'We currently have more than 70 individual groups, each with its own agenda and itinerary ... Some groups may have waiting lists.'

Category Redbridge
Visits to the Website534
Views of 'Full' Record2180

'Come and join us on a walk, we welcome all new members. We are a friendly group of walkers in Redbridge on the NE London/Essex border.'

Category Redbridge
Starting fromAround and About
Visits to the Website711
Views of 'Full' Record1633

'Every year millions of Londoners and tourists visit Richmond Park, the largest of the capital's eight Royal Parks and the biggest enclosed space in London ...'

Navigate the Website>>> Download a detailed map of the Park [PDF]
Starting fromRichmond Park
Description from

The Royal Parks

Visits to the Website671
Views of 'Full' Record1429

'Currently has about 90 interest groups ... Prior to joining a group it is essential to contact the Group Leader as we cannot guarantee vacancies. Some groups operate waiting lists and sometimes, if there is enough interest, we are able to start a second group.'

Starting fromAround and About
Visits to the Website583
Views of 'Full' Record2250

'Come to Kew and explore the world's most famous botanic garden. Just 30 minutes from central London, Kew Gardens boasts breathtaking landscapes, iconic glasshouses, historic buildings and a vast range of rare and beautiful plants.'

Starting fromKew Gardens
Visits to the Website580
Views of 'Full' Record1170

'The Sidcup & District branch was founded in 1994. Our principal activities are focused around special interest groups, of which we have around 40. The subjects we cover include languages, culture, literature, history, crafts and recreation.'

Category Bexley
Starting fromSidcup
Visits to the Website580
Views of 'Full' Record1986

'Large man-made lake with adjacent fields, meadows and trees.'

Category Croydon
Starting fromSouth Norwood Country Park
See also

Grace and Favour in Norwood [AA Walks and Bike Rides]

Visits to the Website558
Views of 'Full' Record1622

'Stanmore Common is the open space in Harrow with the greatest sense of wildness. Visitors feel that they could get lost in the network of winding paths. This sense of remoteness is valued by many visitors but discourages others. The paths can be muddy so except in the height of summer visitors should wear stout shoes or boots.'

Category Harrow
Navigate the Website>>> Link to PDF with more details about Stanmore Common
Starting fromStanmore Common
Visits to the Website681
Views of 'Full' Record1199

'Currently has around 530 members. The group covers the London Borough of Sutton, a large part of the London Borough of Merton and the village of Banstead, and is one of fifteen groups in the Surrey Area of the Ramblers' Association.'

Category Ramblers Groups
Starting fromAround and About
Visits to the Website774
Views of 'Full' Record1975

'30-acre gardens within 200-acre park transformed by "Capability" Brown; stunning domed conservatory designed by Charles Fowler in the 1820s.'

Size (acreage)200
Starting fromSyon House, Brentford
Description from

Historic Houses Association

See also

Syon Park

Visits to the Website596
Views of 'Full' Record1026

'18 months ago a small team of volunteers were set up to promote walking throughout the Thames Chase Community Forest. Professionally produced walking guides were created and are available to download or pick up from the Thames Chase Visitor Centre. The guides include a sketch map, step-by-step walking guides and notes on the history and ecology of the walking area.'

Category Outer London
Starting fromBroadfields, Pike Lane, Upminster
Description from

The Thames Chase Trust

Visits to the Website552
Views of 'Full' Record1778

'One of the few surviving remnants of the once extensive Royal Hunting Forest of Enfield Chase. Much of the character of the park has changed little since the end of the Chase in 1777.'

Size (acreage)410
Starting fromTrent Country Park
Visits to the Website898
Views of 'Full' Record1219

'Our Health walks have been set up and are delivered in partnership by the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham's Community Sports and Physical Activity team, Rangers service and North East London Foundation Trust,  Improving Access to Psychological Therapies  (IAPT) service alongside "Walking for Health" to provide opportunities for the community to improve their health and fitness, as well as make friends.'

Visits to the Website781
Views of 'Full' Record1507

'We run programmes of led and self-guided short walks (1-4 miles) in local parks and open spaces. It's a great way to meet new people and become active.'

Starting fromAround and About
Description from

Croydon Council

Visits to the Website810
Views of 'Full' Record1368

'From July 2011 SCA [Southall Community Alliance] will be arranging a borough wide Health Walks programme. Previously the walks programme had been delivered by Ealing Primary Care Trust but SCA successfully applied to run the programme and we are keenly looking forward to arranging the walks around Ealing.'

Category Ealing
Starting fromAround and About
Description from

Southall Community Alliance

Visits to the Website637
Views of 'Full' Record1295

Walk Your Way to Health Programme  'We're keen to encourage people in Haringey to become more physically active. Evidence shows that increasing physical activity can help to prevent and manage a range of health conditions including diabetes, obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, some cancers and stroke. It can also help to improve your mental health and wellbeing.'

Category Haringey
Starting fromAround and About
Description from

Haringey Council

Visits to the Website546
Views of 'Full' Record1128

'The Kingston Walking for Health Scheme arranges regular walks for different levels of fitness across the borough. Every walk is led by a qualified walk leader, who have been trained by the National Walking for Health Initiative.'

Starting fromAround and About
Description from

Kingston Council

Visits to the Website501
Views of 'Full' Record1025

'Our Walk 4life Programme encourages and supports residents to walk more as it is beneficial for health and well being. Our walks are free, suitable for all ages and abilities and suit both beginner and intermediate levels. The walks last for around 50 minutes to an hour and you walk at your own pace for as long as you want,within the safety of a group with trained walk leaders. We walk in all weathers so come along and join us!'

Category Merton
Starting fromAround and About
Description from

Merton Council

Visits to the Website245
Views of 'Full' Record610

'Our Sport & Health team are working in partnership with Walking for Health to provide weekly walks in various parks across the Borough ... '

Category Redbridge
Starting fromAround and About
Description from

Redbridge Council

Visits to the Website529
Views of 'Full' Record1315

'Founded in the summer of 1995 by a few interested retirees who were looking for a challenge ... As of December 2015, the Waltham Forest U3A has 300 members with an ever growing list of over 50 Groups for members to enjoy.'

Category Waltham Forest
Starting fromAround and About
Visits to the Website273
Views of 'Full' Record682

'West Ham Park, the largest park in the London Borough of Newham, has been owned and maintained by the City of London Corporation since 1874 and is a Registered Charity ...'

Category Newham
Size (acreage)77
Starting fromWest Ham Park
Walks described here by
Visits to the Website657
Views of 'Full' Record1019

'West London Ramblers have walks in a range of areas accessible by public transport from London. Our walks usually have a pub or cafe stop for lunch, but with thought given for a picnic spot for people bringing their own lunch.'

Category Outer London
Visits to the Website573
Views of 'Full' Record1055

'Wimbledon Common is a large open space in Wimbledon, south-west London, totalling 460 hectares (1,140 acres). There are three named areas: Wimbledon Common, Putney Heath, and Putney Lower Common, which together are managed under the name Wimbledon and Putney Commons. Putney Lower Common is separated from the rest of the Common by about 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometres) of built-up area of southwest Putney.'

Size (acreage)1140
Starting fromWimbledon Common
Visits to the Website694
Views of 'Full' Record1566

'A look at the outstanding achievements of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, whose work led to improved transport ... The first section of the Grand Union Canal was opened in 1794. This walk passes two points of particular interest along it. The Hanwell Flight of six locks is an impressive 'staircase' that raises the canal 53ft (16m) in just over 600yds (549m). Three Bridges, although belonging to the railway age, also involves the canal. Here Brunel contrived a unique construction where rail, road and canal all cross each other.'

Category Hounslow
Distance (miles)5
Starting fromOsterley Park
Walks described here by
Visits to the Website761
Views of 'Full' Record1373

 'The 2.3 mile Trail, and the 3 mile Extension, have been designed to show Barnes at its best. The route is circular, so it doesn't matter where you start – just follow the silver "Barnes Trail" discs set in the ground.'

Navigate the Website>>> Visit >>> The Barnes Trail
Distance (miles)5
Starting fromBarnes Railway Station
Visits to the Website780
Views of 'Full' Record1539

A "green corridor", nicknamed "The Beck Corridor", was chosen as part of the SUN Project to encourage thought about the value of the area for biodiversity as well as involve local people in doing their bit for wildlife or in enjoying the area. The "corridor" runs from Beckenham Place Park to Spring Park and includes green spaces such as Kelsey Park, Cator Park, Harvington Estate and High Broom Wood, all falling within a stone's throw of "The Beck" river.' ALERT The Links originally used here all seem to have disappeared - so I have cited instead a description of the Trail from Walk around London albeit dated June 2012 ...

Category Bromley
Distance (miles)4
Starting fromBeckenham Place Park
Description from

Bromley Biodiversity Partnership | Walk around London

See also

SUN ('Sustainable Urban Planning Networks for Green Spaces') Project

Visits to the Website747
Views of 'Full' Record1578

'At first glance, this area of East London may not seem a worthy venue for a walk, but our route takes in no less than six parks. Inevitably, some walking along streets is involved, but these are pleasant enough, and there is a bonus by way of a medieval manor house, which still has its moat. The lakes in the parks attract large numbers of Canada Geese.'

Navigate the Website>>> Becontree Circular Walk
Distance (miles)8
Starting fromBecontree Underground Station
Description from

Mike Biggs Inner London Ramblers

Visits to the Website784
Views of 'Full' Record1259

'Borough-wide circular walk, joining places of interest and environmental importance.  It gives residents and visitors a great opportunity to enjoy walking and to explore different areas of Haringey.'

Category Haringey
Navigate the Website>>> Better Haringey Trail Guide [PDF]
Distance (miles)12
Starting fromAround and About
Description from

Haringey Council

Visits to the Website674
Views of 'Full' Record1351

'Closely following the Beverley Brook through Wimbledon Common, Richmond Park and Barnes Common to the River Thames upstream of Putney. The walk goes through some of South London's most varied and beautiful countryside.'

Category Outer London
Navigate the Website>>> Beverley Brook Walk [PDF]
Distance (miles)7
Starting fromNew Malden Station
Description from

Merton Council

Visits to the Website779
Views of 'Full' Record1965

'Bexley's Rights of Way Improvement Plan, the Rights of Way definitive maps for both North and South of the Borough and the Definitive statement for the Rights of Way within the borough are available as PDF's ...'

Category Bexley
Navigate the Website>>> Definitive Maps [PDFs]
Starting fromAround and About
Description from

London Borough of Bexley

Visits to the Website624
Views of 'Full' Record1337

'We have created a series of self-led walks which will take you through the tranquillity of the green spaces and country parks, the buzz of the high streets, the historic landmarks and sites of importance.'

Category Brent
Starting fromAround and About
Description from

Brent Council

Visits to the Website778
Views of 'Full' Record1333

'Hanger Lane to Brentford ... The Brent River Park Walk is now not only sharing its route with the Capital Ring but also the Grand Union Canal walk ... While the Walk is way marked there were one or two areas, particularly by the exit from Pitshanger Park which could have done with a few more way marks to make navigation a bit more straight forward ...'

Category Ealing
Distance (miles)9
Starting fromHanger Lane Underground Station
Walks described here by
Visits to the Website476
Views of 'Full' Record1973

'There are five Bushy Park Heritage Trails. These are self-guided walks with maps, stopping points, images and audio guides.' ALERT Unfortunately, I could no longer find the Audio Guides on the Bushy Park Website.

Starting fromBushy Park
Description from

The Royal Parks

Visits to the Website621
Views of 'Full' Record1236

'Enjoy a walk around some of the major heritage attractions of Carshalton. The walk starts and finishes at Honeywood where, for a small entrance fee, you will be able to find out a little more about the places you have seen.'

Category Sutton
Distance (miles)2
Starting fromHoneywood Museum, Carshalton
Description from

Friends of Honeywood Museum

Visits to the Website773
Views of 'Full' Record1460

'A walk of 12 miles along the River Pinn from Pinner to the Grand Union Canal at Cowley, through green spaces, conservation areas and wildlife havens.'

Category Hillingdon
Navigate the Website>>> Walks >>> Celandine Walks [PDFs]
Distance (miles)12
Starting fromPinner Station
Visits to the Website803
Views of 'Full' Record2945

'If you are planning a visit to Whitehall why not include a walk around Cheam village and look at some of the other historic buildings on this Heritage Walk? ... The walk takes approximately one hour ... A more detailed guide to the Cheam Heritage Walk is available from Whitehall.'

Category Sutton
Distance (miles)3
Starting fromCheam
Description from

The Friends of Whitehall

Visits to the Website531
Views of 'Full' Record1474

'Starts at Rickmansworth and follows the River Colne southwards ending at Colnbrook. There is a link path to Langley from Cowley Lock. Plans are in hand to extend the Colne Valley Trail further south. Originally listed as two separate routes and now combined to form a 14 mile route from Rickmansworth to Colnbrook.' Two free leaflets cover the route and are available from the Colne Valley Regional Park Visitor Centre.

Category Hillingdon
Distance (miles)14
Starting fromRickmansworth
Walks described here by
See also

Colne Valley Trail [GPS Cycle & Walking Routes] | The Big Walks of London [John Merrill Walk Guides, 2008]

Visits to the Website563
Views of 'Full' Record1283

'If the Corporation of the City of London hadn’t bought the "Coulsdon Commons’"– Riddlesdown and its neighbouring "wastes" of Kenley Common, Coulsdon Common and Farthing Downs – for £7,000 in 1883 (nearly £1 million today), there’s little doubt what would have happened. All four high green open spaces would have been gobbled up in London’s inexorable southward expansion. As it was, the City of London dedicated the 350 acres of Coulsdon Commons, "fine, open, breezy downs, already largely used for purposes of recreation by the public, and now for all time secured for those purposes".'

Category Croydon
Distance (miles)7
Starting fromRiddlesdown
Walks described here by
Visits to the Website409
Views of 'Full' Record1022

'Path following the River Cray to the Thames from Foots Cray Meadows in the south to Erith in the north.' ALERT Could not find this PDF referenced on the re-designed Bexley Website; so I have changed the Link to Yumpu.

Category Bexley
Navigate the Website>>> Cray Riverway
Distance (miles)10
Starting fromFoots Cray Meadows
Description from

London Borough of Bexley Council

Visits to the Website977
Views of 'Full' Record1858

'There are over 80 guided walks and events on offer throughout the year to help you discover and enjoy Croydon's parks and open spaces.'

Category Croydon
Starting fromAround and About
Description from

London Borough of Croydon

Visits to the Website1073
Views of 'Full' Record1222

'This green corridor, known as the Dagenham Corridor, runs from Hainault to the River Thames and includes the Eastbrookend Country Park, the Chase Local Nature Reserve and the Beam Valley Country Park.'

Visits to the Website742
Views of 'Full' Record1704

''A parkland and riverside walk through history, easily accessed by Underground, bus or car, this circular walk is a huge adventure.'

Distance (miles)11
Starting fromPembroke Lodge, Richmond Park
Walks described here by
Visits to the Website1036
Views of 'Full' Record1409

'Long distance footpath in the London Borough of Barnet between Moat Mount Nature Reserve in Mill Hill and Hampstead Heath. The route is designed to act as a link between the Capital Ring and the London Loop, and between the many green spaces and wildlife corridors along the way.'

Category Barnet
Distance (miles)10
Starting fromMoat Mount Open Space
Walks described here by
Visits to the Website842
Views of 'Full' Record1559

'The green spaces of West London, including The Grand Union Canal, Boston Manor, Syon House, The Thames towpath, Kew Gardens, and Gunnersbury Park.'

Category Ealing
Distance (miles)11
Starting fromEaling Broadway Railway Station
Walks described here by
Visits to the Website712
Views of 'Full' Record1478

Download from the Website PDFs of Historic Walk Guides of Ealing, Northolt, Greenford and Southall including maps.

Category Ealing
Starting fromAround and About
Description from

Ealing Council

Visits to the Website731
Views of 'Full' Record1320

'John Wells is a local naturalist and friend of Ealing Transition. He leads regular walks around the borough to help people gain a deeper appreciation of nature.'

Category Ealing
Starting fromAround and About
Description from

Ealing Transition

Visits to the Website731
Views of 'Full' Record1487

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